New restrictions in Europe, re-containment in Toronto … Update on the pandemic

While the state of health emergency in force in Portugal is extended until December 8, Canada’s largest city, Toronto, is placed in containment from Monday.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed at least 1,373,381 people around the world since December 2019, according to a report established from official sources this Saturday morning. The United States is the most bereaved country, with 254,424 deaths, followed by Brazil (168,613 dead), India (132,726 dead), Mexico (100,823 dead), and the United Kingdom (54 286 dead). In an attempt to contain the epidemic, countries around the world continue to take action.

The Pfizer / BioNTech alliance filed on Friday in the United States an authorization request for its vaccine against Covid-19, a buoy to which populations facing new restrictions across the world are clinging to the soaring contamination .

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The head of the Spanish government, Pedro Sanchez, for his part said that a “very substantial” part of the Spaniards would be vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the first half of 2021.

  • Donald Trump Jr positif au Covid-19

Donald Trump Jr, eldest son of US President Donald Trump, has tested positive for Covid-19. He “has been in quarantine in his country house since he had the result,” said his spokesperson on Friday, adding that he had absolutely no symptoms.

  • Call on the G20 to help the WHO

G20 countries must help fill a shortfall of $ 4.5 billion in the World Health Organization (WHO) fund, in particular to distribute vaccines against the coronavirus, urged several leaders, including the president of the World Health Organization (WHO). European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

  • France: a peak undoubtedly crossed

The peak of the second wave in France has probably been crossed, said the health agency Public Health France on Friday, calling, however, to maintain “preventive measures”.

In addition, 68 senators from the right and the center ask, in a letter addressed to Prime Minister Jean Castex, the resumption of individual outdoor sports and the removal of the limitation of movement to 1 km for physical exercise. The senators believe in this message written Wednesday and received this Saturday by AFP that “the limitation of outdoor physical exercise is meaningless” in a context where “the issues of public health take precedence over everything else” .

  • Massive screening in Austria

Austria has ordered seven million antigen tests and its army will carry out a massive campaign of voluntary testing to avoid further containment.

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“We want to allow people to celebrate Christmas (…) Mass tests are now an effective option to replace confinements,” explained the head of government, Sebastian Kurz.

  • Regional screening in Italy

The autonomous Italian region of northern Italy Trentino Alto Adige, classified as a “red zone”, has started a massive screening campaign that will last until Sunday, with the aim of testing 70% of its population on a daily basis. voluntary.

  • The prolonged state of health emergency in Portugal

The state of health emergency in force in Portugal since November 9 was extended on Friday, until December 8 inclusive, and should even extend beyond this date, while the government has yet to specify the measures that will apply from Tuesday.

  • Poland: travel strongly discouraged at Christmas

On Saturday, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki formally advised Poles against traveling during the Christmas period and announced that most restrictions would be maintained.

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He said theaters, bars and restaurants would remain closed until at least December 27, and that teaching would continue to be done remotely. But shopping centers will reopen completely from November 27.

  • Tightening restrictions in the UK

The British government announced on Friday that it had asked its health regulator to review Pfizer / BioNTech’s vaccine against Covid-19, as part of Scotland tightens restrictions and Northern Ireland decides to introduce a new confinement of two weeks. The UK has already ordered 40 million doses of the vaccine and hopes to receive 10 million by the end of the year.

  • New records in Russia

Russia on Saturday recorded new records in terms of infections and daily deaths from the coronavirus, two days after surpassing the two million sick mark. Health authorities reported 24,822 new infections on Saturday and 476 new deaths, for a total of 2,064,748 million cases detected since the start of the year and 35,778 deaths. This toll, reflecting a much lower lethality than elsewhere in the world, is however questionable, the authorities only listing the deaths which, after an autopsy, were established by the coronavirus as the primary cause.

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If the Russian authorities consider the situation “worrying”, they nevertheless assert that it remains under control, and have for the time being ruled out any new national confinement so as not to shut down the Russian economy, already weakened by a strict containment in the spring, as well as by Western sanctions. Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke in October of “targeted and justified” measures that could be taken independently in Russian regions.

  • Canada: Toronto and its confined suburbs

Canada is experiencing a “meteoric rise in cases” of coronavirus and Canadians must recover quickly, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned on Friday hours after the publication of new alarmist projections by health authorities.

Canada’s largest city, Toronto, and much of its suburbs will be placed in “lockdown” from Monday due to the worsening Covid-19 epidemic, the Prime Minister of the United States said on Friday. Ontario.

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